In our maths lessons, we follow the 'Teaching for Mastery' approach promoted by the National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Maths (NCETM). We aim to progress children through small steps of learning that enable them to fully understand bigger conceptual ideas and apply their knowledge to solving a variety of problems.
The NCETM defines Teaching for Mastery as...
Mastering maths means pupils acquiring a deep, long-term, secure and adaptable understanding of the subject.
The phrase ‘teaching for mastery’ describes the elements of classroom practice and school organisation that combine to give pupils the best chances of mastering maths.
Achieving mastery means acquiring a solid enough understanding of the maths that’s been taught to enable pupils to move on to more advanced material.
Further information can be found at https://www.ncetm.org.uk/teaching-for-mastery/mastery-explained/
We have worked with our local Maths Hub, The Enigma Maths Hub in Milton Keynes to introduce the Teaching for Mastery approach and we will continue to work with them as we embed the approach across the school.
We are using Maths No Problem textbooks and workbooks which have been approved by the NCETM. We supplement this work with planning, ideas and resources from the White Rose Maths Hub (another maths hub but based in Yorkshire) which is a widely used and well-regarded resource. We also use activities and worksheets from an online resource provider, Classroom Secrets, that is particularly effective at providing children with a range of problems that support children's ability to apply their knowledge to a range of different problems.
We follow the National Curriculum for maths and the expectations for each year group can be found by following the link below. If any of the objectives are unclear, please ask your child's class teacher for guidance.